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Inspiring Stories from Plano

The heart of our mission at VoyageDallas is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out the rising stars of Plano and surrounding areas below.

Catherine Sang

I recall that at a very young age I would spend time shopping for bargains with my Aunt Carmen. We would spend time buying items in bulk, items such as toiletries, canned goods, clothes and over the counter medications like aspirin and Pepto Bismol. As a 10 year-old child, my Saturday activities were comprised of my waking up early to help my Grandpa Sang cook food in our giant wok. Read more>>

Melissa Goldberg

My degree is in nursing, however, I have always loved art and photography. My dad introduced me to lasering in 2017, and I was hooked from day one. I quickly realized anything I could design on the computer I could laser into wood, tumblers, or other items, and the sky was the limit! All I had to do was dream it and I could create it. Read more>>

Queen Epps

I have always loved creating beautiful spaces for myself and for others. For as long as I can remember, I have found joy transforming spaces and turning a house into a haven. Though I was passionate about all things decor, I feared stepping out on faith and starting my business. I was consumed with fear because this was not the dream that I dreamt for myself as a child. Read more>>

Rosana Eckert

I was a band kid who came to DFW from El Paso, TX to study music at the University of North Texas. I got a Bachelor’s degree in music theory and French horn performance, but throughout that degree, I had been surrounded by the sounds of jazz from UNT’s legendary program. For graduate studies. Read more>>

Anne Redelfs

I’m a retired psychiatrist, who trained two years in a pediatrics residency and three years in a psychiatry residency. My field of expertise is human development and the trauma that so often interferes. My expertise has resulted from a tremendous amount of experience with that interfering trauma. Read more>>

Millicent Finney

My corporate background gave me a foundation to handle logistics, contracts, event management and the fluidity to work with all levels of clients. I relocated to Dallas and was prepared to stay on my career path. As I was getting adjusted to Dallas, I ran into a dear family friend that I grew up within Chesapeake, VA who was planning a wedding in Dallas. Read more>> 

Randall Jones

When I was first touring colleges, I put myself down as a psychology major looking to do clinical talk therapy, and a lot of my friends were film majors. We all went to tour the University of North Texas together and we couldn’t actually find the film program, but we found a sign telling us where the tour of the art department was, so we figured maybe film was included in that. Read more>>

Brad Clark

My education is in Laboratory Medicine. I worked in hospital laboratories for a few years but wasn’t passionate about it. My passion lay in leadership. I went to work for the American Red Cross in 1999 managing a department of 50 people (including 5 supervisory staff) across Texas and Oklahoma. In 2004, I started my sales career. Read more>>

Charity Linsteadt

I was 25 I was hearing more about skin cancer and really seeing the difference in my skin thinking I didn’t want to look old and get skin cancer or have any dark spots so I had tried spray tans in high school didn’t really care to much but came across a mobile tanning business I have always wanted to be a business owner and loved tanning so I was like I’m gonna get certified and try this out so I did and as soon as I got certified I started practicing on friends and family and also experimenting different products. Read more>>

Ernest Ruffin

I started out painting designs on t-shirts in high school and selling them to my local peers. While in college I worked a full time job and continued to design t-shirts and I also started to design jeans as well. I named the clothing line at that time Status. As my professional career began to progress I was promoted and moved to Atlanta, Ga where I started to focus more on my professional career rather than my business. Read more>>

Shari Burke

It all started back when I started college (kind of). For a girl who is super organized AND a planner, college gave me a run for my money. I knew I wanted to go to school, but I didn’t know WHAT FOR. You can imagine how frustrating this might be for someone who is always planning ahead. I had so many things that I liked doing or thought would be fun to go to school for, but I didn’t know how to choose just ONE route. Read more>>

Olya Brase

Last year was a big year in my life. I got my American Citizenship. It was an incredible moment in life and it meant the world to me that my children and my husband got to be there to witness it. I came to this country 15 years ago with a bag of summer clothes and five hundred dollars that I promptly spent on a bunch of fun souvenirs for my friends and family. Read more>>

Errfa Tirmizi

My journey started in Edmonton, Canada, where at a young age, I realized I was equally passionate about both the Sciences and the Creative/Visual Arts. Throughout my education and experiences, I struggled to focus on just one or the other, so I instinctively balanced both. I studied Immunology and Infectious Disease, while also practicing photography to inspire my imagination and connect with my surroundings. Read more>>

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